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Unions representing workers in the nuclear sector will meet in London on Monday 9 January to discuss cuts to 11,000 nuclear workers’ pensions.

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Prospect and the other unions across the UK’s nuclear estate have reached an impasse with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority over the future of two final salary pension schemes, affecting an estimated 10,000 workers.

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National Grid’s latest capacity auction to secure backup electricity for 2020-21 will not stimulate the promised new wave of gas-fired power plants, Prospect union has warned.

Nuclear decommissioning
The prospect of industrial unrest at the Dounreay nuclear decommissioning site in Caithness is growing after DSRL, the company which employs most of the staff working there, indicated it was not prepared to increase its 1% pay offer to staff.

Stress related illnesses are now the number one cause of days lost through sickness for employees in the UK. Anxiety and depression as a result of work-related stress account for 10 million days lost per year. Prospect supports the HSE in that there is a clear distinction between pressure, which can create a 'buzz' and be a motivator, and stress, which becomes a risk to safety and health when it is protracted.